January Juniper Berries, Greenery and Herbal Beauty

Juniper is one of my favorite Winter botanicals.  It’s a hardy and resinous shrub with pungent green or silver boughs, sturdy wood and blue, green and silver berries.  It has a frosty, cool scent that is a bit sharp and bitter, reminiscent of citrus and pine.  It works well in Winter Wedding Bouquets and Boutonnieres as it’s naturally evergreen and brings a woodsy element into the flower design or decor.

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In herbal folklore, Juniper is associated with fertility and protection.  It is used as incense and for many culinary (gin is made from juniper berries) and medicinal products.

Fresh Montana Juniper Berries


Indigo and Serenity Blue

Indigo and Serenity Blue

DSC_3383 DSC_3366I  love clear blue skies, the sight of Wild Blue Flax blooming on Montana biways, deep blue eyes, a starry night, Western Bluebirds flying through my garden shop door, blue bells, blue water, blue tears, soft blue comforters, blue ribbons, suede shoes, periwinkle, azure, cornflower, delphineum, sapphire, and indigo. Blue makes me feel calm, quiet and collected.  While much of my home is a warm and creamy vanilla or canvas white, my work studio has walls of whisper pale Winter blue and large windows with white trim–sky and clouds.  I like the feeling of focus that I get just from being in the light filled, and serene space.

Indigo Dye Workshop Fall 2015 Deluge Farm, Camas Prairie with Victoria Werner and Elan Love

This year, Pantone’s color of the year is a pairing of Serenity, a soft and dreamy lavender blue and it’s companion, Rose Quartz, a luscious shell pink–both perfect for wedding flowers.


I’m  already a fan of soft powdery blues and shell pinks for a floral design scheme. These shades work as well for weddings with a Summer Pastel Palette as they do for Winter Bouquets of Ice Blue Juniper Berries, Cool Green Seeded Eucalytus or Cedar, Globe Thistles and a hint of Blush with Cranberry.   Soft tints pair sweetly with ivory, steel blue, lavender, coral, dove gray, pastel yellows and greens as well as metallic gold, silver and copper.

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Bouquet with Blush Peonies and Dried Lavender and Larkspur in Sky Blue, Pin On Corsage and matching Boutonniere of soft pinks and blues with metallic gold.DSC_1264Dried English Lavender Bunches